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Governor Gregoire Gets New Executive Policy Office Leader This January

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The head of Washington's largest state agency is taking a new job with Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Robin Arnold-Williams has been Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services since early 2005.

In January, she'll take over Gregoire's Executive Policy Office.

Arnold-Williams replaces Laurie Dolan, who announced her retirement last week.

Gregoire says Arnold-Williams will help lead efforts to reform government, in the face of an estimated $5.7 billion budget deficit.

She made about $163,000 annually as DSHS Secretary.

It was not immediately clear what her new salary would be.

Before coming to Washington, Arnold-Williams was Director of Utah's Department of Human Services for eight years.

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